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Canton City Hall reconstruction leaves reminders of the past


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Progress Edition

Canton City Hall was remodeled this past year.. Photo by Morgan McManimon-Myers



Canton City Hall has a new look, thanks to the efforts of Canton’s City Council, city employees Lolly Melander (City Clerk/Treasurer) and Jon Nordsving (Public Works Director), and various local businesses over the course of last year. The project resulted in the installation of new walls, doors, and windows. It also involved a relocation of the entrance to the side of the building, plus the addition of a new office, storage space, furnace room, and a handicap-accessible public restroom.

The entire cost of the project was $69,000, a sum which included both materials and labor. “No public funds were ever used,” states Melander. “We had the liquor store CD and funds were taken from there. We only used one third of it (the CD), and the rest goes into general funds that the council can use at their discretion.”

The building has a long history. Following a fire in the 1800s, at which time it was rebuilt, the hall has since served a variety of purposes, including a liquor store, restaurant, and post office. During the remodeling process, it was of paramount importance to the city to preserve the historical aspects of the original structure. For this reason, pains were taken to clean and preserve the antique ceiling crown moulding visible in the original portion of the hall, which is now utilized as an open area meeting-space. Preservation of the decorative metal was undertaken by Russ’s Sandblast out of Caledonia. Future city councils of Canton can now gather below a reminder of their past. Another nod to the history of the town may be seen hanging above the city office counter. One can view a clock from the old Canton elementary building, adding a definite “old school” style to the interior décor of the hall.

Plans for reconstruction began in January of 2014, with the city council taking on tasks including passing approval of the project, choosing contractors and service providers, and discussing and selecting designs and materials. Construction began in June of 2014 and was completed in October of the same year. Melander reports the construction work was done by Chad Danielson and Dwayne Gilbertson of DJC Construction, who completed the labor mostly on the rainy days of the season.

Melander was impressed with the abilities of the contractors to turn the envisioned improvement and design ideas into three-dimensional structures, stating, “We had no blueprints or anything .....
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Canton sets designations and fees for 2015

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New council member Charlie Warner and returning council member Ross Duckett were sworn into office at the year’s first meeting of the Canton City Council on January 14. Annual designations were approved with no changes from 2014. The official n ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Jon Howard Elliott

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Jon Howard Elliott, age 64 of Canton, Minn., died Friday, Jan 9, 2015 in Rochester, Minn. Memorial Services will be at a later date. Jon was born October 29, 1950 to Gordon and Thelma (McCabe) Elliott in Preston, Minnesota. He attended Harmony H ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9. The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the City Council meeting in May and a p ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, may ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelt ..... 
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Patrick P. Caldwell

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Obituaries

Patrick P. Caldwell, age 89, of Canton, Minn., died unexpectedly Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. Pat was born October 30, 1925, in Hudson, Wisc., to Philip C. and Bertha (Petersen) Caldwell. He graduated from the Roberts High School in 1 ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Schools thankful for donations

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 16, 2014 for a Truth in Taxation meeting at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by a regular meeting. All board members were present. Several community members attended the Truth in Taxation meeting ..... 
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